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Cartier Philanthropy: Navigating the storms

In issue eight of Cartier Philanthropy’s Upside blog, they highlight how we’re navigating the storms of the COVID-19 pandemic through our holistic approach to livelihood diversification, healthcare and marine conservation. The blog outlines five ways in which we’re working to respond to the crisis in order to bolster the resilience of the communities that we ...

Mongabay: Risking death and arrest, Madagascar fishers chase dwindling sea cucumbers

In Mongabay’s recent article, Chris Scarffe, explores the increasing global demand for sea cucumbers, which in turn, is making small-scale fishers in Madagascar resort to risking death and arrest to fish for wild sea cucumbers in the West Indian Ocean. In one of the world’s poorest countries, diving deeper and further into the ocean using ...

Mongabay: An export boom threatens to put Madagascar’s mud crabs in hot water

An article on Mongabay, authored by Malavika Vyawahare, covers a recent decision by the Malagasy government to grant permits to export live mud crabs to five Chinese companies, which has sparked controversy and highlighted the country’s struggle to sustainably manage an overexploited fishery. In Madagascar, mud crabs provide both a source of food and income ...

Mongabay: Evidence that fish flourish in a community-managed marine area offers hope

Blue Ventures’ latest research, which shows that community-led marine conservation leads to more fish in the sea, has been featured by Mongabay in an article written by Malavika Vyawahare.  The study, carried out by Blue Ventures’ staff and volunteers across five no take zones in the Velondriake Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA), found that conservation ...

Reef Resilience Network: Farmers of the Sea

In a study recently published by the Reef Resilience Network, Hery Razafimamonjiraibe, Blue Ventures’ National Aquaculture Programme Lead in Madagascar, outlines our sea cucumber farming initiatives in Tampolove and Ambolimoke in southwest Madagascar, and discusses the successes and key lessons learned. In partnership with Indian Ocean Trepang (IOT) and The Royal Norwegian Society for Development ...

Mongabay: COVID underscores the urgency of holistic community-based approaches to conservation

This article was first published as a commentary on Mongabay on April 22nd 2020 Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on vulnerable communities in the Global South go far beyond the looming public health emergency.  The broader economic and environmental ramifications are of profound importance to biodiversity conservation. How the conservation movement responds will determine our relevance ...

SSIR: Why conservation needs a new way to scale

While global efforts to tackle poverty are making progress, conservation isn’t following the same trajectory. The world’s oceans are warming and the abundance of life on earth is dropping at rates unprecedented in human history. Globally, a million plant and animal species are now threatened with extinction putting at risk humanity's life support systems. All ...

Samudra: Their decision, not ours

An article has been published in Samudra, the triannual journal of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), celebrating the achievements of the Darawa community in Indonesia, who successfully reopened their first temporary octopus fishery closure in 2018 and have since taken a community-led approach to managing their octopus fisheries. The Darawa community, located ...

Rapid Transition Alliance: Educating girls is more effective in the climate emergency than many green technologies

In a recently published article by Rapid Transition Alliance, education for girls has been denoted as a “powerful catalyst for rapid change” in tackling the climate emergency. Despite being disproportionately affected by climate shock, it has been highlighted that it is women and girls who could unlock some of the most effective solutions – if ...

FAO: How sea cucumbers are boosting the bioeconomy in Zanzibar

Blue Ventures has been working in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) with coastal communities in Zanzibar to diversify their fishing and farming activities by providing training and technical support in sea cucumber aquaculture. A new article published by the FAO describes the impact of the sharing learning exchange ...
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